For several years, Prayer Shawls have been given to our members and friends who were ill, having surgery, suffering a loss, etc. Thanks to Sandy Adams and her Prayer Shawl Team, we now have “pocket prayer shawls” for anyone and everyone who wants one. They are knitted or crocheted squares with a cross in the middle that can be carried in a pocket, purse, backpack or totebag; or tucked under a pillow in your favorite chair.
Rev. Rod Brayfindley has served four other churches in his career. He is a frequent speaker at church events throughout the Western USA and is author of the adult spiritual curriculum The Awed Life as well as many songs sung in churches, collected in Songs for the Awed Life. Rod earned a Masters in Divinity from SMU Perkins School of Theology and received the B’nai B’rith Harold M. Kaufman Award in Social Ethics upon graduation.
As fellow United Methodists, we want to thank you for volunteering your time and resources to be a delegate at General Conference 2016.
We know you will face many weighty issues in Portland, but one is of particular importance to us – and that is the full inclusion of all our fellow congregants and ministers in The United Methodist Church (UMC), including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA).
Join us for some hands on learning! We will prepare a main dish, salad and desert – and then sample our tasty efforts together! Practical steps that you can repeat at home as you share traditional Palestinian cooking with friends and family RSVP appreciated – SacramentoBethlehem@yahoo.com
A new study group will consider these questions in light of our reading “Miracles: A Preliminary Study,” by C.S. Lewis, and our consulting other sources, including the New Testament. For many Christians, the Resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate miracle, so it is appropriate to begin our study just after Easter.
We will meet at the church for five sessions on Thursday mornings at 10:00, beginning March 31 and continuing through April 28.
Conscious Aging Program announces more opportunities.
The aging process brings to us the experiences of loss, changes in our bodies and minds, as well as other events. These trials often create a feeling of imbalance within us. Living, as we do, in a youth focused culture, we can find ourselves feeling inadequate to meet the challenges of daily living, as well as facing illness and dying. However, on the more positive side it is also a time that offers opportunity for spiritual, emotional and psychological progress.
The Youth continue selling stock for their Sierra Service Project (SSP) Mission Trip – only $20 per share. Junior and High School students will be attending programs this summer to help with construction and repair projects on Native American Reservations in the west.
Karla Lundin, Director of Young People’s Ministry, and Richard Pervorse, Maintenance and Security, will both be leaving FUMC at the end of June. Both Karla and Richard are Conference Lay Ministers.
Karla will be heading for the United Methodist Church in Hollister, CA where she will become the pastor. Richard and his wife, Jenn, and family will head to Oregon where Jenn will begin work with the Department of Interior.
A collaboration between Servant Hearts, the Sacramento LGBT Center, and First United Methodist Church of Sacramento. The Reconciling Committee at FUMC has organized to host these important times for gathering of LGBT Elders